“Stay obsessed. That thing you can’t stop thinking about? Keep indulging it. Obsession is the better part of success. You will be great at the things that you can’t not do.”—Adam Savage (via thenameishunter)
Rose has been watching my X-Files DVDs, and today we hit Soft Light.
Half the time when anyone says “Dr. Banton” I hear “Dr. Banner” and he was changed in a lab accident with an overdose of radiation and about halfway through I realize this is pretty much exactly what would happen if the Hulk were invisible.
He would sound exactly this crazy and paranoid when he said things like “Don’t do this certain thing, you won’t like the results” or “The government is after me, they want to take out what’s in my head” or “It wasn’t me, I have no control over this.”
He would be this much more desperate for it all to stop somehow.
How did Zola recover Bucky if he was in the Allies' custody at the time?
In Bucky’s little flashback scene in Cap 2, it was a Russian soldier who found him. He spoke Russian on the bridge. He has the red star on his arm.
Zola said that HYDRA had been guiding world history. Given that both the USA and USSR were two of the greatest superpowers in the wake of WWII, it makes sense that HYDRA would have infiltrated the KGB much in the same way they did SHIELD.
When the USSR fell, he probably got transferred to Pierce. One of his first assignments while working for the ‘SHIELD Sleepers’?
Death of Howard. December of ‘91. The same month the Soviet Union collapsed.
My explanation is that Zola didn’t find Bucky, he merely recognized and identified him. Even if he was in the stateside HYDRA sleeper cell, I imagine both communicated, especially during the Cold War. I wouldn’t be surprised if HYDRA pulled the strings throughout the Cold War in the MCU.
Also, Bucky’s had many different arms in the comics. It makes sense that when Zola was smirking as he choked a guy out, it was an upgraded version and not his original arm.
IMO Bucky’s flashbacks were in bits and pieces, quick flashes. His mind was so frazzled at that point I don’t see why they’d hit him in chronological sequence.
Imagine Clint seeing the way Bruce is with kids and asking Steve about it. Bruce had mentioned not being able to have kids because he didn't want to hurt them and kind of assumes Clint doesn't want them, so Clint turns up with a basket full of puppies. "What's this for?" "Practice." "Practice for what?" and Clint pulls out an adoption booklet. And they adopt at least ten children because Clint knows what it's like to not have a home and Bruce can't pick anyway, he just loves all of them.
BRUCE. CLINT. BABIES.
It’s always been a huge headcanon for me, that Bruce and Clint would LOVE adoption (once they got over their ‘but I could KILL IT’ fear of children), and that they’re first adoption would be a little Asian baby girl, who they name Rebecca Edith Banner-Barton, but everyone just calls her Becca, or little Monster for short, because she’d be a cute, bubbly little kid who has an entire family of superheroes to teach her how to be a genius and kick ass. They’d, of course, LOVE HER, so they’d have to get her a sibling, and instead of adopting ONE kid, they adopt a pair of interracial twins who practically LIVE in each others heads, named Jen and Barney respectively, because Bruce and Clint are sentimental NERDS, and they’d absolutely be little TERRORS. The whole tower would have no idea how to handle these three little beautiful babies. Bruce would be so happy, and Clint would be that dad who’s constantly on the verge of tears, like, [sniffsniff] [manly look into the distance as he raises a fist] ‘My little girl punched Tony in the crotch today. I’m so proud.’ [blubbers]
The Avengers would ADORE them, of course—Steve would be so happy he helped Clint decide on adoption, because Clint came to him confused and worried about Bruce, and Steve has known so many people in the system who wanted homes, and Steve dotes over them like the old man he is, tells them all sorts of crazy stories of ‘Back in my day…’ Not because he’s really old or even old fashioned, but because they don’t have grandparents, and he’s always thought it’s important to have grandparents, so he fills in the slot happily.
Tony is literally the biggest worry wart, even worse than Bruce and Clint. He has Dum-e and Butterfingers stalk after the babies when they start walking, making sure they don’t fall down and hurt themselves, and when they hit toddler age Jarvis is always giving him updates while he’s in the lab, and Tony will then look over at Bruce if they’re both in the lab and go ‘You’re kids are little monsters’ because usually they’re off destroying something valuable with a harried Clint on their heels.
Natasha has a…THING about children, where she just doesn’t feel comfortable around them, mostly because of her own childhood. But these kids are wicked little bundles of joy and she likes to teach them pranks so they can torment the others, and they call her Auntie Spider, so she’s definitely pleased, always with that little, half smile of hers when they’re around.
And then you have Thor, who is a big puppy!~ They cuddle on the couch with Uncle Thor and Jen and Becca braid his hair, and little Barney likes to pull on his beard and ask him all sorts of stories about Asgard, and Barney especially likes stories of the mysterious Loki that Thor doesn’t talk about a lot, and the others don’t talk about a lot, but when Thor DOES talk about him, he always sounds super funny and strange. Jen babbles a lot about sword fighting, and, of course, little Becca’s constantly trying to steal Clint’s bow so she can learn.
BASICALLY Bruce and Clint would have so much support with their little family, and of COURSE they’d think of adopting more later on, maybe once they get past the terrible two’s and such for this lot, and they’re so proud because their babies are SMART, and WONDERFUL, and of course they’ve got their puppies too, and their bed is just one big ball of cuddles most night, with babies and puppies and each other all wrapped up in huge, fluffy blankets~~~
Loki does this thing where he nabs food from ppls plates, but also sometimes slips food onto ppls plates? Occasionally both in the course of one meal? Like he might take a few dumplings then return a few DIFFERENT dumplings? Mostly he does this with Thor, occasionally Frigga, on rare occasions even Odin (esp if Odin had a v bad day). MAYBE a friend if they're on a v rough quest. Steve, eventually. The weird part is Loki doesn't realize or notice when he does it. (This is 1000% Jotun behavior.)
Oh man I like this though! And the part where it’s something Jotnar do because I can imagine that food sharing would be a very important thing in a hostile realm like Jotunheim - something that would be a sign of intimacy, maybe, or close friendship. Though Loki is not aware of this at all. And definitely doesn’t think about it.
Someone points it out to him at some point and he gets a little flustered because he doesn’t have a very good explanation for why he does it he just does stop talking about it okay leave him alone.
And now I am thinking about Thor on his quest to Learn Everything About the Jotnar (but accurately this time) learning that this is a Thing and realizing that oh hey and so if he and Loki are ever after that point eating together he makes a point of sharing some of his food with Loki and Loki doesn’t really consciously notice but a part of him does and it’s…weirdly reassuring.
It’s talking to Loki one day that Tony realizes, he must have built Jarvis for the need of someone who would sass back.
It’s his language. A surface layer of sting that makes words palpable and vivid through the chaos of his constantly churning thoughts. It’s like the little bumps on a basketball for added grip, a dash of complexity that makes everything so much simpler to hold onto. Words are slippery, but sarcasm is flourish he knows well. He can use it as a handhold to turn the words every which way and make sense of them on short notice.
Pepper’s that way too. Enough sarcasm and sting in her that he can at least sometimes hear what she says though all the slip-slide of words and thoughts falling through him.
Loki is just like that, but too much, until it really does cut. Loki’s words are spiked, they stick to Tony like chestnut pods and he can’t brush them loose. Loki itches at him and fixates him, and all the words and thoughts softer than him are falling past, too gentle to hold onto when there’s Loki and all the pointed glances and honed edges. Wherever Loki is, Tony stares, distracted, looking for a sharp smile to run him through, or a twisted lie to work out all the kinks, something that takes up all Tony’s trains of thought and puts them to simultaneous use.
Tony makes a pun about kinks that no one gets but him. Loki sends him a look full of disdain and it catches, catches like a textured grip, catches Tony’s eyes, and there’s a tilt in Loki’s eyebrows, like he knows there is a joke, like he wants to be in on Tony’s thoughts or on in Tony’s pants and that’s about where things scatter again.
Tony’s obsessing over a supervillain, and he thinks, I need a hobby, and then he remembers that catching supervillains is his hobby, and he decides that’s great, he’ll be catching Loki, and he’s not gonna look to hard at the fact that it might be the wrong meaning of the word catching. Loki is very catching, nothing wrong with that.
Tony makes five movie references in six words when he propositions Loki, and two of them are by accident but he’s going to pretend they weren’t. There’s enough facets he can pass it off as joking if the god says no, which he doesn’t, but his yes is so backhanded and full of little verbal stabs that Tony can’t tell if Loki’s is joking, so Tony’s strategy might have backfired.
It takes him almost half an hour to realize that might have been the point.
Tony catches up with Loki in the hall outside and takes a more direct approach, and it turns out metal armor and leather make for pretty solid handholds too, that teeth don’t bite as deep as words, but they don’t have to to keep him fixated, and it turns out…
It turns out that Tony can’t think, and there are no more words.
So I was just thinking about how a good way to tell if a female character is being portrayed in a sexist way is to imagine a man into her role and see how bizarre and dehumanizing it comes across.
So I was imagining a movie where Gamora is a male character who leaves a lifetime of cruelty and bloodshed as assassin to Thanos to quickly become a voice of reason and morality in a ragtag crew of criminals-made-heroes
and who goes all starry eyed while the heroine teaches him about music and dancing before walking off in a huff after she tries to make a move
and at one point ends up on his back with the heroine leaning in awkwardly close between his legs while she blathers on about the heroism she demonstrated in rescuing him
and who randomly gets called a “whore” by a guy who only says things he literally believes are true
and I realized
I would watch the shit out of that movie.
Starlady/Masc!Gamora reminds me actually a whole lot of Kaylee/Simon. Like he totally admires her energy but is often taken aback by her crudeness. Also it reminds me of Kaylee’s line, “Look, they got boy-whores! Isn’t that thoughtful!”
And Simon is awesome despite being kind of defined by his relationships with the enthusiastically promiscuous person who takes care of the ship and his somewhat unstable sister.
This is actually making me feel much better about Gamora’s story.
Title: For Your Lies Only Author: RoseApprentice Archive: Archive of Our Own Fandom: MCU Listed Characters: Loki, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Nick Fury, Thor, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Bruce Banner, Maria Hill, Samuel Sterns, JARVIS, Clint Barton, Phil Coulson, Happy Hogan, James Rhodes Pairing: Loki/Pepper/Tony (which is apparently called Froz3nPizza) Rating: Explicit Chapters: 3 Words: 42,573
Link: http://bit.ly/1s0NoqH Summary: In which Iron Man is NOT recommended to consult on the Avengers Initiative. One thing leads to another, and Loki finds himself working for SHIELD, trying seduce Pepper Potts in order to undermine Tony’s villainous schemes. Intended to be disconcertingly in-character given the premise, but you be the judge.
A Froz3nPizza, alternate ending, and partial role-reversal.
Nin’s Note: This is different. That’s about all I can think of to say right now because I’ve been working on these posts for too long. (The day I’m filling this post out on is July 29. I’ve been writing these up for more than an hour.)
I'm sorry, you said meat is bad. This isn't 100% true. Studies show that when real meat (meaning meat that hasn't been through some unnatural process, with the extreme being McDonalds) is eaten in the correct proportions then it can be beneficial to our health. Now, that essentially means moderation, and picking the right meats. But truthfully, a general good rule in life is everything in moderation. I just think it's unfair and incorrect to say meat is bad period.
You’re right, meat isn’t necessarily bad for your health (though, to be clear, there’s no data supporting the idea that McDonald’s meat is better or worse than other meat…except that it’s easier to eat a lot of it very quickly, and there’s a ton of salt…and you generally also consume it with fried potatoes and sugar water.)
But, on the whole, whether I live to be 73 or 78 is not so much of a concern to me as the overall impact I have on the world during those years. No one can deny that meat is horrible for the environment. Giving up meat would reduce your carbon footprint by more than giving up driving.
There are ways to raise animals with less significant or even beneficial environmental impact…but we do not raise animals that way.
I’m not even touching on the cruelty, here. Let’s just worry about the Earth and not individuals for a moment…if we do that, meat is /clearly bad/ and we should all eat less (if we can), which I try very hard to do.